Friday, 2 April 2010

Psycho Is 50

What better day to re-release Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece Psycho in the UK than Good Friday? It's 50 years since Janet Leigh first stepped into that fatal shower and Bernard Herrmann's violins began to shriek. To celebrate Psycho's 50th anniversary, BBC News Magazine has posted an article by Stephen Robb: How Psycho changed cinema (title link). It's well worth reading, but the title is wrong. It should read How Psycho changed Hollywood. Continental cinema was way ahead of Hollywood in realism and adult content in the 1950's, and Hitchcock chose to open Psycho in the style of Continental cinema, with Janet Leigh in her underwear....


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